Delhi, 12 November 2004
on the heels of Prof Hoodbhoy's article on ‘Muslim
Attitudes’ and a scientific approach to life and
warfare, comes a diametrically opposite point of
view. In the article below three veterans assert
that terrorism and war could be eliminated using
meditation and Yogic techniques. In their view a
scientifically validated, natural approach called
‘Invincible Defence Technology’ using
Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying
techniques will be employed by the Military to
reduce societal stress and thereby put an end to
Silent Antidote to Terrorism
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Kulwant Singh, Ph.D.,
David Leffler, Ph.D.
inexpensive, proven approach to stopping terrorism
is available. Why waste more lives and money on
outmoded, ineffective approaches?
terror threat is growing. Despite its long-term and
recent military experience fighting terrorists, the
U.S. has not eliminated terrorism. New terrorist
cells are emerging. The numbers and quality of
people flocking to their banners is alarming. Even
fully equipped military and police forces are
unlikely to control them. More alarming, defence
experts predict that terrorists might attack with
easily concealed weapons of mass destruction.
the U.S. eliminate terrorism by deploying its
military with high-tech weaponry? Again and again,
history shows that the answer is "no."
is a human problem that requires a human solution. A
general model of terrorism and war identifies the
accumulation of social stress as the source of
conflict and upheaval. If the stress driving
terrorism could be damped down, such problems would
diminish or even cease. No collective stress means
no terrorism and no war. This represents the ideal
of preventive defense.
such an antidote for terrorism exist? Physicist and
Vedic scholar Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has revived the
practical components of a silent approach he calls
Invincible Defense Technology (IDT). Its primary
components are the Transcendental Meditation (TM)
and TM-Sidhi programs including Yogic Flying.
Application of these human resource-based
technologies does not involve religious beliefs and
practices. Members of major faiths worldwide
practice these meditation techniques.
peer-reviewed studies document the success of IDT in
dissolving stress on both the individual and the
societal levels. For military personnel this means
significantly less stress, better psychological
health, lower rates of Posttraumatic Stress
Disorder, better physical health, less disease,
better job and academic performance, faster reaction
times, higher IQ, improved moral reasoning, and
increased leadership ability. Warriors perform
a society, IDT reduces crime rates, reduces
suicides, reduces accidents, reduces conflict,
produces more cooperative behaviors, improves the
economy, and lowers the incidence of diseases. More
than 600 studies document the benefits for the
individual and more than 50 studies document the
impact on society. These studies have been closely
scrutinized and published in reputable journals such
as "Journal of Conflict Resolution,"
"Social Indicators Research,"
"Journal of Social Behavior and
Personality," "Journal of Mind and
Behavior" and "Journal of Crime and
Justice." IDT is the best technology to
safeguard the United States.
operative part of IDT requires having a Prevention
Wing of the military.
wing would comprise only 2% to 3% of the armed
forces. The rest of the military would carry on with
their usual duties. This unit would create societal
coherence by meditating in groups of a few hundred
or a few thousand morning and evening. This
collective practice would produce positive benefits
for both the military and any adversaries. Peaceful
overtures would increase from all sides.
technology has an impressive track record. These
groups have been deployed in many war zones and
conflict-prone areas with remarkable success.
Gen. Villamil, an Ecuadorian former Vice-Minister of
Defense, used IDT to quickly end Ecuador's war with
Peru. President Chissano of Mozambique credits IDT
for ending a 16-year civil war in his nation. Maj.
Gen. Israni, editor of "Combat Journal,"
argued that this approach could have prevented the
say the effect appears to be a field phenomenon. The
extensive published research gives a specific
threshold: when the square root of 1% of a
population practices the TM-Sidhi program as a
group, this field effect is created. Results are
seen whether the group members are from the local
populace or from outside the region. Scientists have
named this field effect the "Maharishi
Effect." Many peer-reviewed, scientific studies
have documented the positive social trends. These
effects, such as reduced conflict and lowered crime
rates, start the very day such a group is assembled
and end soon after departure of the group.
striking evidence for the field-like character of
the phenomenon is provided by observations of the
effect at a global scale, such as those detailed in
a study recently published in the "Journal of
Offender Rehabilitation." When large assemblies
of practitioners of the TM-Sidhi program practicing
Yogic Flying exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold
for the world (about 7,000 at that time) during the
years 1983-1985, international conflict decreased
33%, terrorist casualties decreased 72% and violence
was reduced in other nations without intrusion by
is a force multiplier. A miniscule portion of the
military would be assigned to the Prevention Wing of
the Military. However, this small group would create
coherence for the entire military and the whole
country, thus making everyone's jobs easier. While
most military units would continue their usual
extroverted approach, this tiny fraction would
implement the silent approach of IDT. Military
defense will be perfect, thus invincible, when both
these approaches are combined.
other solution holds such promise? This technology
is the ONLY proven antidote to the poison of
terrorism. Decades of experience globally show that
terrorism can not be eliminated by standard military
means alone. IDT has been proven to effortlessly and
automatically settle differences in terrorism hot
spots globally. The U.S. needs to deploy a
Prevention Wing of the Military immediately for its
own protection. Also, its armed forces must deploy
mobile versions of these units to eradicate social
stress, the source of terrorism, in intervention
locations. By these means, the U.S. can achieve true
invincibility and create permanent peace worldwide.
about Invincible Defence Technology, published in
Defence Consultants," "Indian Defence
Review," "Defence India,"
Strategic Review," and "Security and
Political Analysis Bulletin,"
are available at: http://www.invinciblemilitary.org
(United States) and http://www.davidleffler.com
Gen. (Dr.) Kulwant Singh, Indian Army (Ret.) leads
an international group of generals and defense
experts that advocate Invincible Defense Technology.
Kurt Kleinschnitz, a six-year U.S. Navy veteran, is
now an Associate Professor of Physics at Maharishi
University of Management in the United States.
David Leffler, an eight-year U.S. Air Force veteran,
is now the acting director of the Center for
Advanced Military Science (CAMS), an organization
that advocates prevention-oriented technologies in